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Santa’s Reindeer Round-up

November 28
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Every day until December 21, 2014
Help Santa find his reindeer! Pick up a Reindeer Round-up map at the Downtown Info Kiosk or at a participating location, spot Santa’s reindeer and be entered into a drawing for prizes! Keep checking here for participating locations and details to play along.   More Holiday Events HERE!

Tree Decorating Contest

November 28
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Every day until December 21, 2014
Stores, restaurants and offices all over Downtown Santa Cruz will be displaying decorated holiday trees. Vote for your favorite between November 28th and December 21st, and you could win Downtown Dollars! Tree locations, voting and photos coming soon – keep checking back. More Holiday Events HERE.

Downtown Sidewalk Sales

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Every day until November 30, 2014
Sidewalk Sales are held the last weekend of the month from March through November, including Memorial Day, Labor Day and Black Friday Weekend. Shoppers take advantage of great deals in a relaxing shopping environment. When participating in the Sidewalk Sales please make sure not to block the sidewalk for pedestrian access, and keep all financial transactions in your store. Plan for these upcoming 2014 Sidewalk Sales weekends! Nov 28 29-30

Santa Cruz Warriors vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Doors 6pm. Tip off 7pm. Tickets and info: SantaCruzBasketball.com

Enter the Guardsman, a musical fantasy

November 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until November 28, 2014
ENTER THE GUARDSMAN Music by Craig Bohmler Lyrics by Marion Adler Book by Scott Wentworth Based on “The Guardsman” by Ferenc MolnarDirected and Choreographed by Art Manke Season subscriptions and single performance tickets are available CLICK HERE. November 6 – 30, 2014 After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and…enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his…

Gallus MMA Fighting Championships

November 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farley’s Kickboxing Academy presents another exciting event in Santa Cruz including several championship bouts! Ticket prices: $39.50 or $29.50 (service charge included)Babies 2 and under do not need a ticket if held on lap.Seating is reserved in the elevated stadium-style seats with the ring on the floor. Table seating on the floor may be available by contacting Farley’s Kickboxing Academy directly (831) 600-7160.

Enter the Guardsman, a musical fantasy

November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until November 29, 2014
ENTER THE GUARDSMAN Music by Craig Bohmler Lyrics by Marion Adler Book by Scott Wentworth Based on “The Guardsman” by Ferenc MolnarDirected and Choreographed by Art Manke Season subscriptions and single performance tickets are available CLICK HERE. November 6 – 30, 2014 After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and…enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his…

Lord Buckley Live: The History of Hip!

November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Comedian Noel B. Murphy will recreate the stage act of the legendary Lord Buckley and visit the Jazz age his one-man show: Best known as the Inventor of Jazz-Hip Spoken word, Richard ‘Lord’ Buckley was a visionary comedian, who ruled the 1930’s 40’s and 50’s the Hip style the whole country would later embrace. Jonathan Winters and Lenny Bruce ignited their careers on his inspiration.  Buckley punctuated his monologues with scat and vocal effects. He Jazz-ified historical & legendary events. Shakespeare, fairy tales all acted…

Enter the Guardsman, a musical fantasy

November 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Every week until November 30, 2014
ENTER THE GUARDSMAN Music by Craig Bohmler Lyrics by Marion Adler Book by Scott Wentworth Based on “The Guardsman” by Ferenc MolnarDirected and Choreographed by Art Manke Season subscriptions and single performance tickets are available CLICK HERE. November 6 – 30, 2014 After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and…enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his…

Santa Cruz Warriors vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Doors 5pm. Tip off 6pm. Tickets and info: SantaCruzBasketball.com

The Ivory Club Boys

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Ivory Club Boys, an offshoot of the Hot Club of San Francisco, pay tribute to jazz violinist Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys of the mid-1930s. One of a handful of violinists to populate the swing era, Stuff Smith is credited with being the first to play jazz on an electrically amplified violin, forever changing its role to a frontline solo instrument on par with horn soloists. With Paul Mehling on electric guitar, Isabelle Fontaine on rhythm guitar/vocals,…

Trivia Night – Rosie McCann’s

December 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Trivia hosted by Chris Thomas in the lounge at 8:00 PM. Each week features a new theme, team competition, and prizes in the form of beer and other fun items!

Board Game Night

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Every Tuesday at 6:00pm
Every Tuesday is Board Game Night at Mythic Games. Located at Mythic Games 149 South River Street in the Galleria. Call 831-600-7451 for details

Literary Salon with Wallace Baine and Patrice Vecchione

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wallace Baine, arts/culture editor and Sunday columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Patrice Vecchione, poet and author, whose new book is forthcoming in spring join forces for a conversation on imagination and creativity. Consider the often surprising role of creativity in your own life. What’s the link between imagination and empathy? Are you fueled by curiosity? Wallace and Patrice will discuss these possibilities and share the role of creativity in their professional and personal lives.

First Annual Tumbleweed Comedy Benefit

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Advance Tickets at (831) 233-8168 or email: graciespetfoodpantry@gmail.com Doors: 6:30 PM, 18 and over show More info: (831) 233-8168 The First Annual Tumbleweed Comedy featuring Colin Moulton and music by Bonny Getz benefits two local, all volunteer non-profits. The Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation (saving horses from abuse and slaughter) and Gracie’s Pet Food Pantry (helping low income pet owners). Comedian Collin Moulton is one of the most fun, personable, and sought after headliners today. Recently, he had his own half…

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

December 3 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Ave. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for lunch and dinner. The market provides a large shaded cafe seating area, operates a supervised veggie valet program and live music is always present. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way…

Irish Christmas in America

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets: More Music, 512 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. You may also reserve your tickets by calling (831) 464-9778, (408) 847-6982 or contact Bob Breheny at celtsoc@aol.com. Tickets are also available on-line here at: www.brownpapertickets.com Doors: 7:00 PM More info: (408) 847-6982 or email: celtsoc@aol.com Now in its 10th season, this popular, atmospheric, family-friendly entertainment, rich in history, humor and boundless enthusiasm, returns to Santa Cruz. The energetic extravaganza features lively traditional tunes, evocatively sung Irish ballads and carols,…

Jazz with the Alex Raymond Band

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week
Every Wednesday night from 8-10pm enjoy the Alex Raymond Band.

Trivia Night – 99 Bottles

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
The only quiz that drinking is encouraged!  

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vocalist Kate McGarry has the soul of a folk singer and the facility of a jazz instrumentalist. Built upon McGarry’s precise, sensitive vocals and guitarist Keith Ganz’s virtuosic ability, the duo explores the relationship of both the song and their partnership, blending folk sensibilities amongst jazz and popular song material. The ten years of collaboration between the duo have produced six critically acclaimed recordings, a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and countless concerts that brim with spontaneity and…

Trivia Night – Woodstock’s Pizza

December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Come sign up in teams of 3 – 6 people starting at 8pm. Trivia starts at 9 pm and consists of 4 rounds each with 6 questions. Check out our facebook page for current weeks Theme Round and various sponsors and prizes. Don’t forget to use the coupons at the bottom of your answer sheet to be entered into a raffle to spin our prize wheel in-between rounds. Hosted by Josh!!

RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus

December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
We take on the 1950s “classic”! You better watch out! RiffTrax is thrilled to bring the magical wonderland known as K. Gordon Murray’s Santa Claus to select cinemas nationwide for the ultimate holiday riff LIVE on Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT! Get your magic eye ready as Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (also known as the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000) present…

Free Comedy Night – Blue Lagoon

December 4 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week for 52 weeks
Come on down to the Blue Lagoon as they host free comedy shows every Thursday night. Each night showcases up to fifteen stand up comics, featuring everything from new talent to touring comics that have been on America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Live at Gotham. For more information, go tohttp://www.thebluelagoon.com/

Free 1st Friday

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday. Tonight from 5-9pm, enjoy a no-host bar, performances at 6PM and 8PM and an art activity for all ages in the classroom. Tonight will feature our current Participatory Performing Artist in Resident, Gerald Casel. Gerald Casel creates dances that ask questions about human beings – who they are, what they do and how their actions affect the world they inhabit. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area,…

First Friday Frosty Fun Fest

December 5 @ 5:00 pm - December 6 @ 8:00 pm
Come and enjoy a night of festive cookie decorating and creative crafting at the Louden Nelson Community Center! Transform the Community Art Gallery into a winter wonderland with our Snowflake Create station, and enter the Team Gingerbread House Contest! Use potato print spirit stamps to make holiday cards and wrapping paper! Join the carolers in spreading joyful cheer by wearing your favorite holiday sweater and sipping on delicious peppermint hot chocolate.

First Friday December

December 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This month’s First Friday Art Walk Downtown!  Details and participating locations  HERE.

The Bad Plus (2 shows)

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.” – CMJ Monthly The Bad Plus has a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits of what constitutes a jazz trio. Known for quirky originals and inspired takes on classic rock songs, their tenth album, Inevitable Western, continues the band’s commitment to what the New York Times referred to as “avant-garde populism.” The concept refers to the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is provocative. Their new record features…

Downtown Holiday Parade

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
A true Santa Cruz tradition, kicking off the winter holidays season with fun, friends and surprises, and Santa is welcomed to town in a Santa Cruz Carriage Company Horse Drawn Victorian Carriage. The parade starts at Pacific and Laurel Avenues at 10:00am on December 6th and continues north. More Holiday Events HERE! To register your group to be in the parade, click HERE. (Deadline November 24th)

Annual Children’s Holiday Craft and Food Fair

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 6th, 11am – 2pm After the Downtown Parade FREE Admission!  Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz gym (543 Center St at Lincoln) Come enjoy some holiday gift shopping while supporting young entrepreneurs! Children 18 and under sell their own handmade creations including arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, candles, soap, surf accessories, pet treats, greeting cards, baked goods, candy, jam, hot drinks and more!

Santa at Marini’s Candies

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come visit the jolly man himself during the holiday season. Take a photo for your scrapbook! Santa will be for your visit during the following hours: 2:00pm – 6:00pm on the following days: Saturday, December 6th Sunday, December 7th Saturday, December 13th Sunday, December 14th Friday, December 19th Saturday, December 20th Sunday, December 21st Monday, December 22nd   More Holiday Events HERE!
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